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Indeed, the usual speculation appears to be strangely missing.
"A spokesman for DigiNotar told The Register that it would “be difficult” for him to respond to questions about the security breach and the resulting effects it has on end users. This only seems to reinforce the notion that CAs see themselves as too big to fail and aren't accountable to end users."
It would certainly be difficult if he strongly suspects that the breach was the work of an intelligence agency from a "friendly power". Especially if that power had a lot of influence over control of the net. He might very well feel that keeping stumm under the circumstances might be the lesser of the two evils and that he just has to swallow the fact that the rest of the industry are not too impressed by the lack of information from the company. He indeed may fear that they will end up very "accountable" but for the wrong reasons and not to the end users in the industry.
RE "Who would want to target Iranians?"
"The Iranian Government, perhaps"
Which they can perfectly well do (and certainly do do) from within Iran's own networks.
"However, I *cannot* argue that the "I am out and I am proud and I am an arsehole" brigade will not feel that they will be in any way restricted by this. "
This has of course an extraneous "not" and should have read as:
"However, I *cannot* argue that the "I am out and I am proud and I am an arsehole" brigade will feel that they will be in any way restricted by this. "
Sorry, my fail. -:)
@John Dee RE "Onymous Vitriol"
Indeed, I cannot dispute your point here. I would only argue that lack of anonymity restrains to *some* degree that kind of garbage. However, I *cannot* argue that the "I am out and I am proud and I am an arsehole" brigade will not feel that they will be in any way restricted by this. In fact if these issues demonstrate anything it is that anonymity is not a precondition for some people - they just do not give a shit about what they are willing to say to others. The only restriction of course being that they are not within arm's reach of the person they are insulting! In fact that may be the bottom line - that they are not forced to choose between not saying it and having to say it face to face with their "victim". Maybe the issue is one of "cowardice"?
Very interesting discussion/article with a number of very good points. The issue in the last paragraph about FBs built in advantage here contra Google+ inasmuch as their punters *wish* to fly their own colours is a very well taken one that had not occurred to me. In the end of course it is the old story about creating a service that your punters want in the form that *they* want it. A concept that is a *lot* simpler to describe than it is to realise.
No shit IHS
""A weakening DRAM market will encourage manufacturers to optimise their product mix, moving toward increased production of a higher-margin memory such as NAND flash," said IHS."
Manufacturers will likely move production effort from a sector where sales and prices are falling off a cliff into the fastest growing sector within personal computing and communications. Wow! Such amazing insight! You've got to hand it to the analysts - as masters of the (ig)noble art of stating the blindingly bleedin' obvious they take some beating.
@alan buxey Web-based apps
It is an interesting point regarding apps. The point is often repeated lazily and ad nauseam that apps discourage transferring from one os to another. I am not so sure *to what degree* this is true. Given that even paid apps are pretty damn cheap then unless a genuinely "mission critical" app is not available on the os one is considering moving to and or the new os' ecosystem has limited choice and numbers then I am not so sure how vital this point is. It may very well be the case that how comfortable the average punter is with the os/stock UI concerned and how much he/she likes the phone itself may have more to say than having to replace apps if one does transfer. Whatever, when and if web-apps begin to compete in terms of quality and availability thus eliminating the platform tie-in we will no doubt see.
Apple certainly have a well organised/optimised supply chain.
However that point can be overdone/exaggerated. Latest prices for Asus' Transformer pad and docking station (for example) at Amazon.com are $352 for the former and $125 for the latter - all up at $477, the whole package is *within* Apple's price-point and is selling very well in both the US and Europe (the prices in Europe are as usual a bit higher the package being equivalent to about $545 excluding sales tax though it is all the same selling well here even with sales tax.). A reputable OEM *should* be able to do this and make a profit as long as they do the necessary heavy lifting *and* do not expect to be able to imitate Apple's margins which are currently the largest in the sector.
The combined transformer/dock package is selling at Amazon.co.uk at a price *inside* that of the 16Gb iPad2 (prices include UK sales tax).
In other words it most certainly *can* be done if the OEM understands his business.
Very instructive phenomenon - within common sense limits.
"What a bad idea, for so many reasons – not least that Apple purchasers are prepared to pay a premium because it’s Apple."
That is the trick isn't it? Identifying what the "Apple premium" might be in price point terms and then pitching good quality well thought out kit at the necessary "discount" while still being able to turn a profit. It is in fact not *so* big a mystery. Asus, for example, have shown us how to do it with the ingenious "Transformer" (the "Slider" on the way) and HTC (a company that I normally have a lot of time for) have shown us how *not* to do it with an overpriced 7 inch tablet launched too early to take advantage of the changes in Honeycomb which take into account that form-factor. There is no substitute for some heavy duty thinking combined with a lot of effort to engineer to a saleable and profitable price-point - but that surely is what being a reputable OEM has always been about? In that sense I am *almost* inclined to say, so what's new this time?
RE My Post regarding Stephen Fry
I should also say that I also genuinely like the guy as a comedian and an actor, got a lot time for him in fact. However, almost every time he opens his mouth and starts to pontificate it gets right up my nose!
RE "I think it is clear that the article is a parody"
Weeell, now you mention it, there I was all excited at the prospect of seeing "Not another fucking elf" and now I feel all let down.
On a more serious note it is quite clear that Stephen Fry really *does* believe that Steve Jobs has "changed all our lives". Er, no he hasn't, he has made some shinies that can only be afforded (in common with other high-end shinies from other companies) by a small minority of our fellow earthlings. If he had done something like invent a permanent cure for malaria and/or AIDS then we would be talking about something that *really* had planet-wide impact upon the lives of a huge number of our fellow earth-dwellers. It is not only that Mr Fry's opinions on matters outside his own field often are so gushingly twee, they are also so fucking western-world middle class head-up-own-bum parochial.
"....in fact it looks like a big iPhone 4 with it’s squared-off aluminium sides........"
The writ is in the post.
Sent from his iThingy.
RE "Baloney" It is not a complete "Fail" you know.
The previous poster's comments are not *entirely* without merit since Apple's capacities to defend themselves against hostile takeovers, borrow money or carry out a takeover themselves would only be significantly affected if their share price dropped by a very large percentage indeed. This applies to any well managed and strongly capitalised company where "normal factors/circumstances" apply.
Whilst my crystal ball is rather foggy at the moment I would wait and see.....
..........what the reception to the iPhone5 is like. Anything significantly less than the sales of the equivalent period after launch of the iPhone4 then the market who are well aware that Steve Jobs has not been in the best of form for some time now make very well mark the shares down by year's end. That does not necessarily make such a reaction rational or logical but I would not bet against some "post-Jobs" profit taking over the coming months - especially since the stripy-shirted numb-nuts on the exchanges frequently oscillate between excessive optimism and the opposite.
Part of the problem here is scale of experience.
Quite simply put neither Apple nor the business community in general have anywhere near the amount of experience with large networked Mac-based systems that the business community and MS (like them or loath them) have with such Windows based systems. Specifically they have not remotely the same amount of experience with such systems being attacked. IMHO that is a major contributor to this type of problem.
So they are staying in the pc business, or maybe not, or.....?
I am sure that I am not the only one who has now concluded that HP should fire their communications advisers and stop up the mouths of all their senior managers with super glue. How did we get the impression that they were about to completely torch that side of their hardware interests, why from *them* over the course of the last few days. An absolute object lesson in how *not* to communicate with your customers, shareholders and employees.
"Here's your crown, sceptre, orb ... chalice"
"The chalice from the palace holds the brew that is true".
Sorry, I know that shows my age. Too many afternoons when I was a kid watching ancient films on the Beeb.
I'll get my coat.
Maybe I am being a bit slow here but.........
"According to that data, copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files are "far and away the most heavily used features within Windows Explorer" and account for half of all commands."
...................did one actually need a survey to realise that? Given that once you have launched an application (and later close it - just two actions) and are working within it then the above actions very often occur time and again. Especially if you are working with two or more related files. However, having said that I hope that their efforts actually lead to genuine improvement for the user.
Or how about..........
......The Galaxy S II: Sued by Apple, built by Samsung - Your quality guarantee.
RE "Talk about screwing the pooch and shooting ejecta."
I say old chap, steady on with those similes. I was eating a sandwich whilst reading this thread - oh god I've got to go.......
It's all right, no need to panic.
When they reach Skåne they will realise they do not understand a word the locals* are saying and they'll turn round and swim straight back.
*Nobody in the rest of Sweden understands what folk from Skåne are saying.
@Phillip RE "Well if you are going down that line of argument"
To continue your analogy so that it *can* be compared with what Apple are trying to get away with we can, for example, suggest Sikorski. Consider a situation where they had sued every other helicopter maker on the grounds that the other manufacturers offerings had an *appearance* that was too much like the *appearance* of Sikorski's helicopters even though the engineering/hardware clearly had *not* been copied from Sikorski. Would one not then be absolutely right to cite Leonardo de Vinci and prior art?
According to the report on the Graun's tech-site, Reuter's are reporting that this alleged "cheap" version of the iPhone4 will have "an improved antenna". If this really is the case one has to wonder what the improvement(s) might be. Not external perhaps? Not in two parts that can be bridged? Do we not have it on the authority of no less than Mr Jobs himself that there is nothing wrong with the iPhone4's current antenna? All that noise in the media at the time was purely got up by Cupertino's rivals?
A classic "Microshill" rant/accusation. You do not like an article and your response is to accuse the author(s) of, in practice, being on the take. El Reg can be accused of a great deal (indeed it is fun to do so) but if you haven't noticed that they take the piss here out of Big Corp regularly (whether it is Apple, Google, Intel or, yes, Microsoft) then you have not followed El Reg very closely.
Indeed if you used the old grey matter a bit then you would realise that a site like Reg which addresses IT professionals (and in that way attracts their advertising revenue) would realise that the very *last* tone they would wish to adopt would be one that appeared to favour one of the big boys in the industry. Why is that? Because IT pros tend to be a fairly cynical bunch and El Reg would loose all credibility with their audience and their capacity to attract that audience is the source of their ad-revenue. If a significant section of the sites regulars became convinced that Reg was brown-nosing BigCorp their click-rate (and thereby their revenue) would go down the kahzi. See how easy it is when one tries to do a bit of joined up thinking instead of howling?
The only thing one can conclude from *your* posting is that you have a *very* protective/strange relationship to your choice of phone and your playstation.
And let us not forget.........
........"Microshill" for that drive-by ad hominem attack.
Pardon, old chap?
"The reasoning WinMo7 is discounted is simply because it's shit. I have used one it's not even close to Android 1.5,"
Don't misunderstand me, my phone's a Desire Z - very happy with Android, like the os very much. However, WP7 worse than the 1.5 iteration of Android? That kind of brain-dead teenage fanboism does nobody any service and simply makes you look like an ignorant expletive. If you cannot post anything other than that kind of spew, do us all a favour and vanish.
Now there's a funny thing, there I was believing that all these media channel thingys.........
...........were all evil and should be shut down the moment the plods or politicos want them shut down (because of course I believe implicitly in everything the Daily Heil tells me) and now we see it just depends - as in whether they like you using these media or not and when it suits *them*. Now there's a surprise.
Total airhead, bimbo or whatever.
Surprising she is capable of *thinking* without moving her lips let alone reading.
RE "Top ten outdoor gadgets"
What kind of outdoor trips are we talking about here, "Deliverance"?
One is sorely tempted
"Back in the mid-80s, when businesses were expected to talk the IT department’s language, all this may have meant something. These days it is like discussing angels dancing on the head of a pin. Business managers just want the damn stuff to work when they need it so they can make money. End of story."
To tell the business manager he is an arrogant know-nothing shit and find another way of earning a living. Almost anything would do as long as one did not have to put up with that kind of manager.
A little more clarity of thought would be welcome when making comparisons.
"The choice for a manufacturer now is a straight one, between Android and Windows Phone. "
In an article that is talking about *both* smartphones *and* tabs it is actually necessary to distinguish between which comparison of operating systems we are talking about. The above sentence makes sense only if it is just smartphones we are talking about. In practice the *only* current choice in *tablets* for the OEMs is Android. The only relevant comparison if one *is* talking about Windows in the *tablet* space is not yet available (Win8) and will not become available until the middle of next year at the earliest. This market (whether we are talking smartphones, tablets or both) is still at a *very* early/immature stage and all of us who prognosticate too didactically are risking an awful lot of egg meets face.
"Every pound taken in benefits is a pound taken out of the country / taxpayers - every pound earned is money in."
I assume that you are of course directing these admonitions at employers who pay such shit that one still needs benefits, the landlords who feed off the benefits system and of course (lest we forget) the (w)bankers, all of whom are parasites on the public purse on a scale that the average poor sod on the social can only dream about.
@Steve Evans Re Upgrade Cycles
Like you (as we have discussed before) I am still happy with my "Z" and yes, unless one is a totally maniacal fanboy I do not see the point with constant upgrading. One ends up never having a genuine "wow" feeling because the difference (in reality) between each successive piece of kit is minor. I seem to recall that at one point (before smart phones took off) that people were upgrading their dumbphone shinys every nine months! The manufacturers must of course have thought that they were in pig heaven. Problem here is that when you have bought something high end with the capabilities of a modern smartphone (and the price) an upgrade cycle shorter than eighteen months/two years just does not make sense - financially or in terms of the improvement in the kit that you are getting for the money. The current length of contracts appears to be about right in regard to upgrades for everybody but the most obsessive fanboy (although I do not myself buy on contract). The manufacturers want you to spend 500 quid on one of their high end offerings and then expect you to treat it as if it were disposable! They would be better off taking notice of your final point - battery life. Given that the modern smartphone market has existed for about a decade it is a flaming disgrace that battery life has scarcely improved at all. BTW, it will be interesting to see what Nokia in fact manage with their first "Nokiasoft" phone, after all battery life has always been one of their major strengths.
@jai Re "Sometimes". I will admit that that nirvana you discribe (although the.......
........beverage in my case is coffee) is extraordinarily attractive. That was in fact my reaction to the article. It was indeed interesting and instructive and I felt refreshed after having read it instead of totally wound up and ready to bite someone's head off. Obviously El Reg made a big mistake and it won't happen again. No doubt somebody will be disciplined such this type of error is not repeated.
@proto-robbie Good points, I have to agree.
If in addition they concentrated on battery life (we after all are talking about *mobile* computing here are we not?) instead of "my dick is bigger than your dick" "improvements" we would all be better off.
What on earth has happened here?
A thoughtful, intelligent, fascinating and well written article from which I learnt rather a lot. Without any jokes, satire or the faintest smell of clickbait in it. Have I logged on to the wrong site?
@Tegne I do not think that Cupertino would that arogant and stupid.
The Kindle app is probably one of the most well known and popular apps on the face of the smartphone planet. If Apple were to break the app even when it is no longer being used for in-app payments I think even the most devoted iPhan might get rather upset. I am not saying that the cult's priest-caste are incapable of error but I think that even they would think twice before, in practice, banning the Kindle as an e-book *reader* app from the iPhone.
@D@v3 "Companies such as Amazon and FT are just doing what Jobs wanted in the first place."
You mean that companies like Amazon *not* giving Apple 30% of their action was all part of Mr Job's master plan? Hmm, truly it is written that Lord Steve moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.
Hello? Over £500?
Sorry, if I am going to pony up over 500 quid for a phone it would have to be so ultra cutting edge that the manufacturer would had to have imported it from 5 years in future by means of a TARDIS. This rather mediocre BB definitively does not qualify. If RIM do not start to deliver kit at a price that you can afford without looting your nearest CPW they are going to end up going even faster down the kahzi than they are now.
ps Great sub-heading BTW - I just howled when I read it.
RE "Where were ofcom when sky chased all the........."
Ah, but you see that was *before* Hackergate blew up in the Dirty Digger's face. That was when his friends within all sorts of organisations both public and private regarded keeping Rupert happy as a major priority. Suddenly, for some remarkable and mysterious reason, they all seem to have abandoned him - I cannot imagine why. Thoughts of rats and sinking ships come to mind.
Re "Aspirational marketing"
To add to your list of those adverts that have taken the micky out of aspirational marketing I have to say that one of my favourites is the Carling Black Label series whose punchline "I bet he drinks Carling Black Label" became a national favourite.
I have often seen marketing which revolves around trying to convince the punter that..........
.............that they (against *all* the evidence including the bathroom mirror and their girlfriend's howls of laughter) that they will be smarter, sexier, better looking and more popular if they buy this, that or the other product. I am on this occasion however forced to issue my hearty congratulations to the marketing department of Apple Corp. This is the first time that I have ever really seen that form of advertising work on this kind of scale - you guys are clearly worth every penny Apple pay you.
I know that this is going to get me a shed load of down votes but I do not care.
I speak as a very happy Desire Z owner, I think that Android as a mob os is an excellent operating system. However, it is (so far at any rate) not impressive as a tab os and the hardware with few exceptions (the most notable IMHO being the Asus Transformer) being decidedly mediocre. The fact of the matter is, whether you like or not, the only serious challenge that Apple is likely to face in the tab market is Win8 (if MS *actually* succeed in doing what they claim they are trying to do). MS are in reality the only company currently who has a cat's chance in hell of making a dent in Cupertino's lead in that market. Embarrassing isn't it?
By supporting Crave and its pioneering flash-drive-cum-vibrator [No pun intended. – Ed]
Wafting towards us on the breeze of a summer evening we here the strains of the park band playing "Believe it if you like".
Yes, I am sure that Apples lawyers will..........
............table a motion shortly.
RE "Nothing of the sort" Not *quite* that bad.
Win 7 Pro is currently available at Amazon.com for $223. Still not exactly cheap of course!
"If only Apple could send an iPad back in time"
In 2005 iNet was finally switched on and within..................
@Armando 123 RE "A lot of ifs"
Of course there are "ifs" in any discussion of future possibilities - I do not claim to have a more advanced crystal ball than the next guy. I would point out however that the reasons why the business market is not yet tapped into in any *serious* way is there is not currently available an os that is *both* touch friendly *and* a serious os. *If* Apple had developed a touch-friendly full version of OSX for tablets then that would be a different situation. If Win8 is implemented properly (yes, there's a caveat because I am not any kind of fanboy and I do not deal in certainties) then it will be the first touch friendly *full productivity* os in the tablet space. Then all that remains to be seen is a. Does the market, business and/or home want it? b. Will the OEMs actually produce kit worth running it on? All kinds of unknowns, rather like life in general.
I think that it is *possible* that as far as the tablet market is concerned......
.............we *may* be ignoring the (possible) 500 lb gorilla in the room because all the (entirely understandable) focus on Google/Android and Apple/iOS. In less than a year (as seems increasingly likely) Win8 will be coming to the tablet party. If we take as a hypothetical assumption for the purposes of discussion that MS *do* succeed in creating a *genuinely* touch-friendly version of Windows that does not kill your battery then what effect will *that* have on the market? I think that the current assumption that this is simply a war between Mountain View and Cupertino and that Redmond will remain irrelevant in the tablet space may, just may, prove to be a mistake. Given what a *seriously* pony os Win7 is as a tablet/touch UI os it is fairly amazing that they, believe or not, actually have 5% of the tablet market today! I think that any assumptions that this will remain a two-way fight are rather premature.
"As we said above, whether HTC, Samsung, and the other 36 Android partners should be placing calls to Redmond to inquire about Windows Phone 7 licenses depends on whether Page & Co.'s assurances are to be believed."
Not quite sure what the sense of what you are saying there is old chap but HTC and Samsung are *already* WP7 manufacturers.
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